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Department of Engineering


 
 
Dr. Yao's research interests fall in the areas of wireless/wearable medical sensors, sensor networks for home environments, telemedicine, and industrial process monitoring and control. His educational research interests are laboratory/project-driven learning, integration of research into undergraduate education, and development of electronic learning-tools for future engineering education.
 
Yao research
 

Architecture and prototype of the ECU teleaudiology system

 

Yao Research
 

Personalized electronic experiment tools for future engineering education

 

 

Funded Projects

F1.     East Carolina University Faculty Senator. "Development of a Suite of Project Modules Related to Real World in an Instrumentation and Controls Course," 2013.

F2.     Department of Defense. "Heal the Hearing: from Combat to Reentry," Role: PI of the one of the pilot projects under the university wide effort: "Operation Reentry-North Carolina". 9/1/2012-8/31/2014.

F3.     Quanser, LLC. "Evaluation of myPlant: a Portable Engineering Education Tool," 1/1/2012 – 5/1/2012

F4.     National Science Foundation. "Portable Cyber-Laboratories: Virtual Instruments and Affordable Prototyping Kits to Enhance Learning and Improve Access to Electrical Engineering Education," Collaborate with Kansas State University. 1/1/2010 – 8/31/2012

F5.     North Carolina Department of Transportation, "Fleet Management Criteria: Depreciated Life, Disposal Point & Utilization," Co-PI. PI: Dr. Paul Kauffmann. Jan. 2010 – Dec. 2010

F6.     East Carolina University Office of Technology Transfer, "Development of a Location Identification Device for Orthopedic Injections (Phase II)," Aug. 2009 – Dec. 2009

F7.     East Carolina University Office of Technology Transfer. "Development of a Location Identification Device for Orthopedic Injections (Phase I)," Capstone project fund. Faculty Advisor. Sep. 2007 – April 2008.

F8.    East Carolina University College of Allied Health. "Development of a Web Services Based Distributed System for Tele-hearing Diagnosis," 2007.

F9.    East Carolina University Start-up Award. "Realizing Self-Help Healthcare through Pervasive Sensing and Intelligent Human-Device Interactions," PI.Feb. 2006 – Aug. 2008

 

Patent

"Internet-based Multi-user Diagnostic Hearing Assessment Systems Having Client-server Architecture with User-based Access Levels for Secure Data Exchange," Provisional patent, 2009-2010; currently filing PCT (Patent Cooperative Treat) to protect intellectual property rights cross the world.Co-inventor: Gregg Givens

 

Refereed Journal Publications

J1.  Yao, J., Kauffmann, P., Howard, E., and Griffin, H. "Creating and Accrediting an Engineering Program: East Carolina University's Case Study," Tsinghua University Education Research, 2012, (4), (In Chinese).

J2.  Kauffmann, P., Williams, R., Howard, E., Yao, J., and Christine S. "Fleet Management Criteria: Identification of Optimal Disposal Points Using Equivalent Uniform Annual Cost,"Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2012, accepted.

J3.  Limberis, L. and Yao, J. (2012). "From Parallel Plates to LabVIEW Program Design:  An Effective Capacitive-Based Liquid Level Instrumentation Course Project,"Computers in Education Journal, 2012, (1), 110-118.

J4.  Crowell, E., Givens, G., Jones, G., Brechtelsbauer, B., and Yao, J.(2011). "Telepractice in a Clinical Environment: A Communication Perspective,"Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, 120 (7), 441-447. 

J5.  Howard, E., Williams R., and Yao J. (2010)."Simulations of Carnival Rides and Rube Goldberg Machines for the Visualization ofConcepts of Statics and Dynamics,"Engineering Design Graphics Journal, Vol. 74, No. 2.

J6.  Yao, J., & Wan, Y. (2010). Improving Computing Efficiency of a Wavelet Method Using ECG as a Biometric Modality.  International Journal of Computer and Network Security,2(1), 15.

J7.  Yao, J., Wan, Y., & Givens, G. D. (2009). Using web services to realize remote hearing assessment. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing, 24 (1), 41-50.

J8.  Yao, J., Wan, Y., & Givens, G. (2009a). A Tele-Hearing Diagnosis System Based on Web Services (Abstract). Telemedicine and e-Health, 15(S1), 105.

J9.  Yao, J., Sullivan, S., Eckert, C., & Bartlett, E. (2009). An Orthopedic Injection Training Instrument Using Flow Impedance to Indicate Needle Tip Locations.  Journal of Clinical Computing and Monitoring, 23 (6).

J10. Yao, J., Givens, G., & Wan, Y. (2009). A Web Services-Based Distributed System with Browser-Client Architecture to Promote tele-audiology Assessment.  Telemedicine and e-Health, 15(8,), 777-782.

J11. Yao, J., & Limberis, L. (2009). Coupled-Tanks Level Control: an Effective Course Project and Its Software Design.  Computer in Education Journal, 19(4).

J12. Yao, J., Limberis, L., Williams, R., & Howard, E. (2009). A Efficient PID Control Teaching Module with LabVIEW Simulation.  Computer in Education Journal, 19(2), 30-41.

J13. Yao, J., & Warren, S. (2005a). Applying the ISO/IEEE 11073 Standards to Wearable Home Health Monitoring Systems.  Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing, 19(6), 427-436.

J14. Yao, J., Schmitz, R., & Warren, S. (2005). A Wearable Point-of-Care System for Home Use that Incorporates Plug-and-Play and Wireless Standards. IEEE Transaction on Information Technology in Biomedicine, 9(3), 363-371.

J15. Warren, S.,Yao, J., & Lebak, J. (2005). Applying Emerging Interoperability Standards to Wearable Point-of-Care Systems (Abstract). Telemedicine and e-Health, 11(2), 193.

J16. Yao, J., Ding, X., Zhan, Q., & Zhang, Q. (2000). On Task-based Directional Manipulability of Redundant Robot. Robots (Chinese), 22 (6).

J17. Yao, J.(1999). Application of Single-Chipped Microcomputer on Automatic Package Machine. Machinery and Electronics (Chinese).

J18. Yao, J., & Wang, M. (1998). Boiler Water Lever Control System in Sodium Recycling Process. Journal ofNorthwest Institute of Light Industry (Chinese).

J19. Sun, Y.,Yao, J., Fei, J., & Wang, M. (1998). Application of GENIE on Pulp-Making Process.  Journal of Northwest Institute of Light Industry (Chinese).

Refereed Conference Proceedings

C1.  Yao, J. and Eckert, C. (2012) "Experimental Parameter Estimation of a Fractional Horsepower DC Motor With Unknown Loads and Its Velocity Control,", accepted by the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Computer Science and Automation Engineering (CSAE 2012). May 25-27, Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China.

C2.  Li, J., Zheng, R, Zhang, Y., and Yao, J.(2011, June 29 - July 1)"iHandRehab: an Interactive Hand Exoskeleton for Active and Passive Rehabilitation,"presented at the 2011 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics. Zurich, Switzerland.

C3.  Yao, J.,Limberis, L., and Warren, S. "Using Portable Electronics Experiment Kits for Electronics Courses in a General Engineering Program," presented at the 2011 Annual ASEE Conf., Vancouver, BC, Canada.

C4.  Limberis, L. and Yao, J."Temperature Alarm Laboratory Design Project for a Circuit Analysis Course in a General Engineering Curriculum," presented at the 2011 Annual ASEE Conf.,Vancouver, BC, Canada.

C5.  Warren, S., Dong, X., Sobering, T., and Yao, J."A Rapid Analysis and Signal Conditioning Laboratory (RASCL) Design Compatible with the National Instruments myDAQ® Platform,"presented at the 2011 Annual ASEE Conf.,Vancouver, BC, Canada.

C6.  Yao, J., Limberis, L., & Warren, S. (2010). A Ubiquitous Laboratory Model to Enhance Learning in Electronics Courses Offered by Two Universities with Dissimilar Curricula. Presented at the 2010 Frontier in Education, Washington, DC.

C7.  Warren, S., & Yao, J.(2010).Updates to a Mobile Circuits-and-Signals Learning Kit that Incorporates a USB Data Acquisition Unit. Presented at the 2010 Frontier in Education, Washington, DC.

C8.  Warren, S., & Yao, J.(2010, June 20-23). Portable Cyber-Laboratories for Electrical Engineering Education. Paper presented at the 2010 Annual ASEE Conf., Louisville, KY, USA.

C9.  Howard, W., Williams, R., & Yao, J.(2009, October 12-18). Simulations of Carnival Rides and RubeGoldberg Machines for the Visualization of Concepts of Statics and Dynamics. Paper presented at the ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division's Mid-Year Conference, Erie, PA.

C10. Yao, J., Wan, Y., & Givens, G. (2009b, Sept. 3-6). Design of a Web Services Based System for Remote Hearing Diagnosis. Paper presented at the the 31st IEEE-EMBS Conf., Minneapolis, MN USA.

C11. Yao, J., & Barttlet, E. (2009, June 14-17). Design and Prototype of an Injection Location Indicator: A Senior Capstone Project and Multi-Party Partnership. Paper presented at the 2009 Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Austin, TX.

C12. Yao, J., & Wan, Y. (2008, June 1-3, 2008). A Wavelet Method for Biometric Identification Using Wearable ECG Sensors. Paper presented at the the 5th International Workshop on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2008), Hong Kong, China.

C13. Yao, J., & Limberis, L. (2008, June 22-25). A Project-Driven Approach to Teaching Controls in a General Engineering Program. Paper presented at the 2008 Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Pittsburg, MA, USA.

C14. Wan, Y., & Yao, J.(2008, October 22-24). A Neural Network to Identify Human Subjects with Electrocardiogram Signals. Paper presented at the the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science (WCECS) 2008 of International Association of Engineers (IAENG), San Francisco, CA.

C15. Yao, J., Sun, X., & Wan, Y. (2007). A Pilot Study on Using Derivatives of Photoplethysmographic Signals as a Biometric Identifier. Paper presented at the the 29th IEEE-EMBS Conf., Lyon, France.

C16. Yao, J., Limberis, L., & Kauffman, P. (2007, June 21-24). An Electrical Systems Course in a General Engineering Program:Experience and Lessons. Paper presented at the Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Hawaii, USA.

C17. Wan, Y., Sun, X., & Yao, J.(2007, October 17-20). Design of a Photoplethysmographic Sensor for Biometric Identification. Paper presented at the 2007 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems, Seoul, Korea.

C18. Sullivan, S., Williams, R., Howard, E., & Yao, J.(2007, June 21-24). Identifying the Content of a General Engineering Program Using Benchmarking and the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination. Paper presented at the 2007 Annual ASEE Conf, Hawaii, USA.

C19. Yao, J., Warren, S., & Simmons, S. (2006, April, 2-4). Ease of Use Considerations for Point-of-Care Devices in Home Environments. Paper presented at the Conf. of Decentralization of Healthcare via Distributed Diagnosis and Home Healthcare (D2H2), Arlington, VA, USA.

C20. Yao, J., & Lunsford, P. (2006, June 18-21). Laboratory from the First Day: an Efficient Method to Convey Electrical Concepts to Engineering Students. Paper presented at the 2006 Annual American Society of Engineering Education Chicago, IL.

C21. Yao, J., Dieck, G., Dixon, G., Howard, E., McLawhorn, S., Williams, R., et al. (2006). 'Who is the Biggest Pirate?' Design, Implementation, and Result of a Robotics Competition for General Engineering Freshmen. Paper presented at the 2006 Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Chicago, IL.

C22. Warren, S., Lebak, J., & Yao, J.(2006, April, 2-4). Lessons Learned from Applying Interoperability and Information Exchange Standards to a Wearable Point-of-Care System. Paper presented at the Conf. of Decentralization of Healthcare via Distributed Diagnosis and Home Healthcare (D2H2), Arlington, VA, USA.

C23. Yao, J., & Warren, S. (2005b, September 1-4). A Short Study to Assess the Potential of Independent Component Analysis for Motion Artifact Separation in Wearable Pulse Oximeter Signals. Paper presented at the the 27th IEEE EMBS Conf, Shanghai, China.

C24. Yao, J., & Warren, S. (2005). Stimulating Student Learning with a Novel 'In House' Pulse Oximeter Design. Paper presented at the 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition, American Society for Engineering Education.

C25. Warren, S., Lebak, J., Yao, J., Creekmore, J., Milenkovic, A., & Jovanov, E. (2005, September 1-4). Interoperability and Security in Wireless Body Area Network Infrastructures. Paper presented at the the 27th IEEE EMBS Conf., Shanghai, China.

C26. Yao, J., & Warren, S. (2004, Sept). A Novel Algorithm to Separate Motion Artifacts from Photoplethysmographic Signal Obtained with a Reflectance Pulse Oximeter. Paper presented at the the 4th Joint EMBS-BMES Conf., San Francisco, CA, USA.

C27. Warren, S., Yao, J., Schmitz, R., & Lebak, J. (2004, Sept). Reconfigurable Point-of-Care Systems Designed with Interoperability Standards. Paper presented at the the 26th IEEE EMBS Conf, San Francisco, CA, USA.

C28. Lebak, J., Yao, J., & Warren, S. (2004). HL7-Compliant Healthcare Information System for Home Monitoring. Paper presented at the the 26th IEEE EMBS Conf., San Francisco, CA, USA.

C29. Yao, J., Schmitz, R., & Warren, S. (2003, Sept). A Wearable Standards-Based Point-of-Care System for Home Use. Paper presented at the the 3rd Joint EMBS-BMES Conf., Cancun, Mexico.

C30. Warren, S., Yao, J., Schmitz, R., & Nagl, L. (2003, Sept.). Wearable Telemonitoring Systems Designed with Interoperability in Mind. Paper presented at the the 25th IEEE EMBS Conf, Cancun, Mexico.

C31. Lebak, J., Yao, J., & Warren, S. (2003, Sept). Implementation of a Standards-Based Pulse Oximeter on a Wearable Embedded Platform. Paper presented at the the 25th IEEE EMBS Conf., Cancun, Mexico.

C32. Yao, J., & Warren, S. (2002). Design of a Plug-and-Play Pulse Oximeter. Paper presented at the Second Joint Meeting of BMES and EMBS.

C33. Warren, S., Yao, J., & Barnes, G. E. (2002, Oct). Wearable Sensors and Component-based design for Home Health Care. Paper presented at the the 2nd Joint EMBS-BMES Conf. , Houston, TX, USA.

Book Chapters

B1.  Jianchu Yao, Yongbo Wan and Steve. Warren. Biometric Applications of One-Dimensional Physiological Signals – Electrocardiograms. Recent Application in Biometrics.  ISBN 978-953-307-488-7. Editors: Jucheng Yang and Norman Poh. InTech Publisher.

B2.  Wan, Y., & Yao, J. (2008). Human Identification with Electrocardiogram Signals: a Neural Network ApproachIAENG Transactions on Engineering Technologies Volume II - Special Edition of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2008. ISBN: 978-0-7354-0663-6. American Institute of Physics, 2009.

B3.  Yao, J. (2008). Work Harder and Work Smarter to Land a Faculty Job. In Z. J. Pei (Ed.), Tips on getting an academic position. ISBN: 978-0-557-05363-6, Lulu.com, 2009.

Presentations/Talks

P1.  "A Web Services-based Distributed System with Browser-Client Architecture to Promote Tele-audiology Assessments", ECU, Business of Healthcare Symposium 2010.

P2.  "Conduct Scholar Research in a Developing Undergraduate Program," East Carolina University Engineering Advisory Board Annual Meeting, October, 27, 2009.

P3.  "A Web-services Based Distributed Tele-audiology System," East Carolina University Innovation Expo, Brody School of Medicine, April 2, 2009.

P4.  "A Web-services Based Distributed Tele-audiology System," East Carolina University International Scholars Symposium, April 1, 2009.

P5.  "Design of PnP Home Health Monitoring Systems and Their Standards," Chinese Academy Sciences, Shenzhen Advanced Technology Institute, Shenzhen, China. June 4, 2008.

P6.  "Development of Home Health Monitoring Systems," Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China. May 15, 2008.

P7.  "Use a Personal Electronic Nurse to Promote Self Care," 1st Healthcare Mini Research Symposium, Nursing School, East Carolina University. November 9, 2006.

P8.  "Plug-and-Play Home Health Monitoring Systems Using Wearable, Standards-Based Medical Components," Northwest Polytechnic University and Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, Xi'an, China. June 7, 2006.

P9.  "Design and Implementation of Standards-Based Point-of-care System for Home Use," 8th Research Forum, Kansas State University, April 4, 2003, Manhattan, KS.

P10.  "Veterinary Telemonitoring for Disease Prevention in Cattle Herds," Cattlemen's Day, Kansas State University, March 7, 2003, Manhattan, KS.